Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Archive: Jul 2012

  • Big Labor’s Think Tank: The Economic Policy Institute

    Posted on Jul 23, 2012 by Center for Union Facts

    If you’re a regular reader of Labor Pains, you might wonder about the credibility of “nonpartisan” studies that talk about how wonderful being in a union can be. Your suspicions are well-founded. The source of many of these “studies”—the Economic Policy Institute, also known as EcPI–is essentially the research arm of the country’s largest labor unions. From mid-2004 to 2010, […]

  • A Proposition for Protection in California

    Posted on Jul 20, 2012 by Center for Union Facts

    They say the third time’s the charm. Some folks in California who care more about the rights of union members than the political maneuvering of their Big Labor bosses hope the saying rings true. For the third time in the last 14 years, California voters will get to vote on a paycheck protection referendum, which will […]

  • A Salty Double Standard

    Posted on Jul 16, 2012 by Center for Union Facts

    Last month, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) filed a suit against Sterling Foods LLC, accusing the company’s supervisors of engaging in improper anti-union activity. Among those charges are allegations that supervisors photographed and surveiled employees engaging in union organizing activity. They have also been accused of soliciting employees to “spy” and report on union […]

  • Teachers Union Gets Schooled By Union President

    Posted on Jul 13, 2012 by Center for Union Facts

    The former head of the Broward Teachers Unions (BTU) in South Florida turned himself in on Monday and now faces corruption charges, including racketeering and fraud. Pat Santeramo, who spent over a decade at the helm of one of the state’s largest teachers unions, will now be spending a few nights behind bars. A Florida […]

  • For Union Leaders, Their Members’ Ignorance is Bliss

    Posted on Jul 05, 2012 by Center for Union Facts

    The Clark County Education Association (CCEA) in Nevada uses the tagline “Pride. Power. Participation.” on its home page. Perhaps a better slogan would be “What they don’t know won’t hurt them.” That is the message the union is sending its members this week in the wake of the Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI) informing members […]

  • Unions disregard members’ political preferences

    Posted on Jul 03, 2012 by Center for Union Facts

    Just in case you missed our last update on the subject, the reasons for ensuring paycheck protection for employees are piling up. According to the Associated Press: A major labor union and an outside group committed to electing Democrats to the House have reserved nearly $20 million in television ad time for the fall in districts from […]